Greeks are so funny.
They protest endlessly about the EU not humiliating them, taking away their sovereignty, or austerity, etc... but they themselves are not ready for any other direction than towards the EU.
It's a completely bizarre situation when the majority of Greeks say 'no' to austerity; which is the unconditional demand pressed upon them by their benefactors - but in opinion polls also state that they in their majority are for the EU and against any alternative directions such as towards BRICS/SCO.
I mean which is it? Either accept the conditions of the EU, or don't and find other alternatives to the EU - the Greeks seem to think they can have it both ways, like a spoiled child that has been given everything for free up until now, and expects that everyone will continue to accomodate them in the future too.
The Greeks are completely disconnected from the real world and how harsh it is out there; most countries do not have an economic union to balance their budget or provide funds, they have to do everything themselves. The Greeks are desperate to avoid becoming such a country, but at the same time they want to dictate conditions to the EU. Doesn't work that way.
Merkel and Hollande paid lip-service to the results of the Greek vote over a telephone conversation, saying that the people's choice in Greece 'must be respected'.
Of course this was a load of bosch, as fast-forward just one week, and the EU and Greece have worked out a deal; whatever the details, and austerity is still going full-steam ahead as planned.
Was just more smoke and mirrors by the Greek government, an action of no consenquence - no-one cares about the Greek people's opinions on austerity and that's a hard fact. The Greeks however, disconnected from the real world as they are, seemed to think that Germany would have to listen to them. Why?
I don't want to give an opinion on austerity, whether it's right or wrong or whatever; I'm not an economist. But I will say that 'my house, my rules'. It's Germany's house, and Germany's rules. No ifs, no buts.
If Greece doesn't want to accept austerity - then it always has a choice not to; and that choice is not to whine and winge and conduct populist referendums of no consenquence - it's to say sayonara to the EU, leave the Eurozone, and start working on alternatives for its future. There's always a choice, and that's the one the Greeks have.
If they don't want to take it - then fine, so just sit down, accept the EU's terms and keep quiet.